On the final day of this summer’s Norfolk School Games, 128 Year 3/4 pupils from 32 schools enjoyed a knock out mini tennis event at UEA Sportspark. It was a record entry for this competition.
All schools had previously qualified through level 2, School Sports Partnership events, which for many was their first experience of competitive tennis.
Although playing singles matches against their opposite number from opposing schools, with 4 players per team it was a team competition. This format also enabled each player to play 5 matches, with a total of over 300 matches being completed during the event. The forward/backward draw enabled schools to continue competing against different schools and against schools at a similar level, before being placed 1-32. The final standings were as follows: 1- St Martha’s Roman Catholic, 2- Catton Grove, 3- Little Plumstead with Hingham 2 finishing 17th winning the consolation plate.
Event Organiser Stuart Silvester said “We were keen to open the event up to as many pupils as possible. At school games level we are not concerned about discovering the next Wimbledon champion, but if we can get numbers playing and steer them towards clubs and coaching programmes then we should be on the right track.”